This musical journey from Peter Gabriel's second album was heavily influenced by his producer, Robert Fripp, who also played guitar on the track. Fripp is known for his work with King Crimson, which like Gabriel's former band, Genesis, was a leading light in British progressive rock.
Gabriel moved in a more pop direction with his first solo album (produced by Bob Ezrin) and had a hit with "Solsbury Hill
." His label, Atlantic Records, wanted more like it, but Gabriel insisted on Fripp, who helped him deliver a very innovative album that was a commercial failure. His next album was made with the hitmaker Steve Lillywhite.